David Fincher’s Custom RED Xenomorph Camera

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

David Fincher’s Custom RED Xenomorph Camera It must be nice to be David Fincher. When you have one of the leading camera companies in the world, RED Camera, designs you a custom RED Camera you are now in Stanley Kubrick territory. David Fincher has been on the RED Camera train for a while. As a thank…

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Screenwriting Lessons From Christopher Nolan

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Screenwriting Lessons From Christopher Nolan Movie lovers all over the world are familiar with the identity of the genius behind the Batman trilogy and other mind-bending films like , , and . If you have in mind to write amazing characters dynamic in their personality, there are so much that you can learn from movies…

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LED Light Shootout: 7 AWESOME LED Lights for Under $50

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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LED Light Shootout If you have $50, then you can afford some pretty cool LED lights for your next production. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter tested a bunch of $50 (and below) LED Lights, comparing color temperature, light output, and other reasons you’d want dish out $25-$50 for an LED Light. Check out his video…

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IFH 169: How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Make Money Renting Your Film Gear with ShareGrid’s Brent Barbano Have you ever wanted to make a little extra cash with that film gear sitting in your closet? Have you ever wanted o rent that new Arri ALEXA but were afraid you couldn’t afford it? Well, I came across the solution for both problems, it’s…

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Christopher Nolan Master Class: How to Direct Your First Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 19, 2017 | 9 Comments
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Christopher Nolan Master Class: How to Direct Your First Feature Film Who isn’t familiar with the mastermind who resurrected Batman and made people watch Interstellar twice and thrice even just to find some new angle of the movie? Being London-born, Christopher Nolan was born to an English father and an American mother, Brenden James Nolan…

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Hollywood Directing MasterClass: How to Shoot a Killer Foot Chase

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Hollywood Directing MasterClass: How to Shoot a Killer Foot Chase Do you want a high production and exciting action sequence in your film? Fast and Furious a bit out of your budget? Then do what Kathryn Biglow did in the 90’s action masterpiece …shoot a foot chase. A foot chase can add a ton of…

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IFH 168: How To Be Creative – The War of Art & Turning Pro

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How To Be Creative – The War of Art & Turning Pro How to be creative? This is a question that surprisingly has a simple answer. DO THE WORK! In this episode, I’ll be going over a remarkable book I’ve read that has truly changed the way I think about life, the creative process and…

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The Shining: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Shining: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining is the legendary 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson as the protagonist of a psychological horror story. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it’s touted to be one of the top 10 all-time scariest horror shows. The original story was written by Steven King who published a novel with…

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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year!

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 16, 2017 | 12 Comments
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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year! If you want to be an indie filmmaker you should definitely study the work of the prolific film director Joe Swanberg. Who is Joe Swanberg you ask? I just recently not only discovered his work but also started to study his unique filmmaking process. I…

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6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense

By Maggie Dern | Jul 14, 2017 | 2 Comments
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6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense Although you may not have seen any of his movies (a situation which you seriously need to rectify), you’ve certainly heard the name, Alfred Hitchcock. He is recognized as one of the great minds of cinematographic history and is even hailed as the Master of Suspense.…

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IFH 167: How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ Range 15

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ with Nick Palmisciano of Range 15 We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real world examples of a “true” indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model…

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Christopher Doyle: Breaking Down His Unique and Magical Cinematography

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Christopher Doyle: Breaking Down His Unique and Magical Cinematography Christopher Doyle is one of the most talented and successful cinematographers in the Asian cinema industry. He was born on the 2nd of May, 1952 in Australia but has lived most of his life in Asia. Christopher Doyle has won over sixty awards and thirty nominations…

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IFH 166: Independent Film Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Independent Film Distribution & Marketing Blueprint Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been getting an enormous amount of emails and messages asking me the same question: What is your distribution and marketing plan for This is Meg? I hear you IFH Tribe, so I decide to put this podcast together and lay out…

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What is a MacGuffin? Alfred Hitchcock Explains

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What is a MacGuffin? Many of you might have heard of the term “MacGuffin” floating out there in the ether, but what the is it? The answer is not that straightforward. Legendary director coined the phrase back in the days of his film and used it throughout his career. When asked what a MacGuffin was…

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Watch: Stanley Kubrick’s Favorite Cameras & Lenses

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Stanley Kubrick’s Favorite Cameras & Lenses I’ve always been fascinated with how some of the filmmaking masters got their start. How did they break into the business? What gear did they use on their first films? What events shaped them in the early days? As many of you know I have a love for Stanley…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How Not to Get Ripped Off in Post Production

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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Darren Aronofsky’s MasterClass: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Technique

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 6, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Darren Aronofsky Renowned for his somewhat odd movies, Darren Aronofsky is a Brooklyn born film director, screenwriter, film producer and an environmentalist. Being exposed to the Broadway theatre performances at an early age by his parents sparked in him a deep interest for the showbiz and film industry. Darren Aronofsky trained as a field biologist…

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IFH 165: Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Why Creating Systems is Better Than Setting Goals We’ve all been taught that setting goals is important and they are but creating systems is even more powerful. How many times have you lost weight just to gain it back? How many half-written screenplays do you have sitting on your computer? When your focus is only…

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Watch Stanley Kubrick’s First Indie Film ‘Fear and Desire’

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Watch Stanley Kubrick’s First Indie Film “Fear and Desire” We all start somewhere and the 1953 feature film Fear and Desire is where the legendary Stanley Kubrick go his. Fear and Desire is a 60 minute independent film, written, financed, shot and directed by a 25 year old Stanley Kubrick, who had just quit his…

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IFH 164: Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Vintage Lenses for Indie Filmmakers MasterClass w/ Alan Besedin One of the main goals of Indie Film Hustle is to give real world knowledge and resources to indie filmmakers so they can make a living doing what they love. Film gear is a big part of that equation. I always am on the lookout for…

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IFH 163: Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules In this episode, I discuss breaking the rules. why it is important to your career as an indie filmmaker and how it can make you stand out from the crowd. I share examples on rule breakers in throughout Hollywood history and the impact it had on their…

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Patty Jenkins: From Indie Film to Wonder Woman

By Jonathan Roberts | Jun 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Patty Jenkins: From Indie Film to Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins is a director that does what she loves. She so happens to love comedy as well as real thrilling drama, although not at the same time. Her ability to delve into the femininity significance and its impact on modern society are revealed in her latest…

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Michael Bay: Directing Hack or Genius?

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 23, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Michael Bay: Directing Hack or Genius? Every indie filmmaker who knows anything about films loves to hate on Michael Bay…or do they? Over-the-top he may be, but is Michael Bay really the worst director alive? I know we are all a bit tired of watching giant robots beat the hell out of each other. With that…

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IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 23, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?
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What the HECK is a Scriptment? So what is a Scriptment? I found it to be a liberating form of prepping a story to be filmed? When I was in pre-production on my first feature film This is Meg, I wanted to get into production as fast as I could without waiting to develop a…

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IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set
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7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set Your first week on a film set will be an intimidating experience. It takes time to find your feet and feel comfortable in such a unique working environment. You may have experience from college working on short film sets, but it is usually completely…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?

By Maggie Dern | Jun 20, 2017 | Comments Off on John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?
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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood? The world knows John Milius as the craziest man in Hollywood mainly because of his unconventional style of filmmaking and choosing a rather different storyline for the movies. He is an ultimate legend of the film industry and a friend to Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Born in…

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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense. You’ll see what I mean. A hand draws back a shower curtain and a blade appears through the steam. A man descends a staircase, bearing a tray with a glass of milk that appears at once nurturing and suspicious. A young…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Chris Vogler – Screenwriting & The Writer’s Journey Blueprint

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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IFH 161: Building an Affordable Cinema Lens w/ Veydra Lenses’ Ryan Avery

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 15, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford If you’re an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach…until now. Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create…

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